Options to upgrade on Qantas?

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  1. thethinwhiteduke
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    Looking at a honeymoon trip to Australia. What are my options for flying in non-Coach?

    AA Miles on Qantas for business/first ticket?

    buy ticket and upgrade with Qantas or AA miles?

    etc.....
     
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    Award tickets on QF Biz/First is tough since availability is extremely limited. Buying a ticket and upgrading with miles is tough too since award tickets and upgrade space on paid tickets pull from the same fare buckets.

    My recommendation is to do a oneworld Explorer award via Asia.
     
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    Qantas has premium economy, for a higher fare more legroom and width and recline.
     
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    What's involved with a one world explorer award?
     
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    What's the price difference like?
     
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    Amol on Hack My Trip wrote a good blog post about it. Here's the link.
     
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    Try a sample itinerary to see. Assuming you do not buy full fares, the difference will depend on relative availability of cheap economy and cheap premium economy fares.
     
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    is there any version of a RTW ticket that is purchased rather than an award? would prefer to get the EQMs on an itinerary if possible
     
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    Yes, there are RTW tickets to purchase, but there are restrictions and certain inventory classes are required.
     
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    Before trying to upgrade on QF, be aware that there can be empty business class or FC seats on a QF flight, but QF will decide not to release upgrade inventory, even to QF's own elites. Apparently they don't want customers to become accustomed to being able to upgrade.
     
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    You're looking for these in that case: LINK.

    FYI, the rules on paid Explorer tickets are very different than the rules for an award Explorer.
     
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    Lots of good advice above. No doubt ease of booking, earning on the travel, & cost will all play a part in your decision making.

    Just back to your first request, it's your honeymoon - congratulations :), & you want the luxury of business or first on Qantas to get to Australia.

    Why not have a few of your options running at the same time? I don't know how much lead in time you have here.
    Try to secure the seats in F. Look a couple of times a day because inventory constantly changes. If you have the miles sitting there, also book Business class, which has more availability. Then cancel if you can get F. If the cancellation fees that would apply to you arn't too hefty.

    QF has F only on the A380 flying LAX SYD QF 12, SYD LAX QF 11; and LAX MEL QF 94 , MEL LAX QF 93. These flights also have Business, Premium Economy & Economy. As Kiwi says above, the Premium Economy product is a different seat to economy. The service level is almost Business.

    The QF flights using B747 have business, premium economy & economy. These are LAX BNE, LAX SYD, DFW BNE SYD.

    Meanwhile, investigate the other suggestions above.

    What's your status with AA now & expected at time of travel? If you are doing any air travel within Australia then getting access to the Qantas Club would be nice - lounges with all food & beverages free, no matter what class you fly in. Separate domestic Business class lounges in capital cities. If you are One World Emerald, then you can use the First Lounge in SYD or MEL on final departure (I prefer SYD). And of course the AA Flagship Lounge & F lounge in TBIT on leaving LAX.
     
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    Just had a quick look for next summer..

    I can find Business class LAX BNE Wed 30 June, then BNE SYD on 3 June.
    And Business SYD MEL on Mon 21 July, then First MEL LAX 22 July.

    Cost 270,000 AA miles plus $275.80

    I was surprised & happy to see the 3 day layover in BNE, & 24 hour in MEL. This allows you tobrave a snapshot of 3 regions without the need to buy extra flights.

    Being business & F, you will be able to book the Chauffeur Drive service in LA to getvto the airport.
    You get to use those QF lounges, so no need to have One World Sapphire / Emerald status.

    For the flight home, you will get a phone call the day before asking you which Spa treatments you & the Bride would like in the MEL F Lounge. You will be able to book the Chauffeur to pick you up in SYD for transport for your SYD MEL flight.

    In Melbourne, you can get your cab to drop you at the QF F check-in. Then, they may either escort you through Immigration & Security, & to the Flounge, or make sure you have the Express pass to help you through.

    Plan to get to the airport around 3 hours early so you can enjoy all of this.

    Being a partially daytime flight, you will be able to enjoy the food, beverages, space, comfort etc of the suites, before having a good sleep. Then hot breakfast before arrival into LAX. If you are continuing on another AA flight, you will be able to use the AA Flagship lounge in LAX & other AA lounges enroute to your final destination. And, on the way to your initial flight on 30 June..

    May not be the dates you want, nor the regions.....
     
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    Oh, and when you get back to LAX, unless you are flying onwards, the Chauffeur will take you home / to a hotel.
     
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    a lot of great info here, thank you all...doing my research now and will keep the board posted on what i end up doing! thanks again....
     
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